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Sunday, 18 December 2011 10:46 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert joins Christmas swimmers

The annual Christmas Swim took place this morning at Larvotto Beach, with Prince Albert one of the enthusiastic and very brave participants. About 100 people took to the water (about 11 degrees) in aid of a charity providing schooling to victims of the Thai tsunami. The temperature out of the water was a modest 10 degrees. Most participants were in the water for 10 minutes or more, while supporters and families cheered them on from the beach. PHOTO: Prince Albert regains dry ground at the annual Christmas Swim. SEE VIDEO FEATURES (left hand column), also second photo in GALLERY PAGES

 
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 8:50 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Tsunami charity to benefit from Xmas swim

A Christmas swim is being organised in Monaco for the seventh consecutive year, visitmonaco.com reports. This year it will take place on Sunday December 18 at the Larvotto beach, at 9:30. The event is organised jointly by the Ecole Bleue, the Academy of the Sea and the Foulées Roquebrunoises running club. A raffle will be held in aid of the TATSA charity, which is involved in reconstruction work after the tsunami in Thailand. More info: www.ecolebleue-monaco.com PHOTO: Last year's Xmas Swim

 

The Spanish magazine Hola!, a sister publication of the English-language Hello!, this week has Princess Charlene on its cover to mark its 70th birthday. "My husband is my biggest supporter, the person that I confide in and who knows me best," she told the magazine, adding: "We must fight for what we believe in, forgive, move forward and not give up."

The Princess chose the Ocean tiara to wear for the cover shot, a gift from Prince Albert. This unique piece was made by jewellers Van Cleef and Arpels and has 850 diamonds and 359 sapphires with colours representing sea foam. Eleven four-carat diamonds each symbolise raindrops. The Ocean tiara can also be worn as a necklace.

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